Nominate Your Candidate for the 2023 Onyx Woman Leadership Awards

The candidates must be women who empower other women. Leave their name in the comment section along with why they should be honored. The women must be from the state of Pennsylvania. More details to come.

Leave the name of your nominees in the comment box below. Please explain why she should be selected. Please keep in mind if she is not selected this year, she may still be selected the following year.

Ola

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    1. I would Like to nominate
      Pastor Dorothy Stubbs, for her continued commottment helping in communities all throughout Pittsburgh and surrounding areas,by providing resources by feeding the hungry,providing winter coats,facilitating free Eyewear events,but most of all being present as support for families experiencing tragic loss throughout the coty.

  1. I would like to nominate Latrice Phoenix the founder and director of Melanin Mommies and Thriive Consulting. Her organization centers black women and she has founded several programs that support Black women with necessary resources to thrive as women and mothers. Through her day to day consulting business she focuses on empowering low income black women, entrepreneurs and business owners with credit education to help obtain business funding. She is a true gem to the community. An advocate for mental health and wellness ans a champion for black mothers and children. She exemplifies leadership in everything she does and her future impact will be positively felt for years to come. She is a true change agent and exceptional young woman.

  2. Latrice Rose for the amazing work she does supporting black moms, through her org Melanin Mommies, and for the work she does around financial empowerment!

  3. Doreen Upshaw is a therapist who is making great strides in the area of care for out little people. She has created a mobile therapy van in the wake of the pandemic to provide young people a safe place to receive therapeutic services. This is helpful for parents with transportation issues as well as those who still have to care for siblings during one Child’s session. This is an ingenious pivot as many children have suffered due to their inability to focus in Telehealth platforms. She deserves a major Kudos for making life easier for women and helping children to heal.

  4. I nominate CEO and Founder of Alpha Iota Alpha Christian Sorority, Inc Minister Tiffany Chamberliss. Tiffany not only pours into her family but her Sorors as well. She prays when no one knows she’s praying. She is always available for her Sorors. She gives GREAT advice. She encourages her Sorors to take care of themselves.

  5. Latrice Phoenix
    https://melaninmommiespgh.org
    I am nominating Latrice because | have absolutely never met a more dedicated woman. That provides assistance to her community the way she does for Melanated mommies. She runs a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping brown mothers all over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To collectively better situation for selves their children. She’s changing lives, healing the community. Changing the way brown mothers seek assistance, and she’s putting women in positions to thrive.

  6. Latrice Phoenix
    https://melaninmommiespgh.org
    I am nominating Latrice because | have absolutely never met a more dedicated woman. That provides assistance to her community the way she does for Melanated mommies. She runs a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping brown mothers all over Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To collectively better situation for selves their children. She’s changing lives, healing the community. Changing the way brown mothers seek assistance, and she’s putting women in positions to thrive.

  7. Greetings , I will like to nominate Iyanna Bridges for the 2023 Onyx Woman Leadership Award, Founder/CEO of The Birthing Hut. Iyanna is a Black birth activist and birthkeeper. Her passion for reproductive justice and maternal health is unwavering. Her commitment and dedication to decease the maternal and infant mortality disparity rates in Allegheny county has led her to partner with many community organizations. Iyanna is the true embodiment of leadership.

  8. I want to nominate Iyanna Bridges l. She is owner of the birthing hut and she is absolutely the best doula around. She is a great teacher.

  9. Iyanna Bridges- She puts others needs before hers and maintains a smoothly moving lifestyle with her 4 girls while also helping new mommies bring their kids into the world.

  10. I would like to nominate Iyanna Bridges. She is dedicated to advocating and aiding black mothers in their birth experience through her birth work. As well as offering classes to parents and training for black birth activists.

  11. Nicole banner from trying to gather Pittsburgh which is located on Kelly Street in Homewood. And I made Nicole banner because her down to earth vibe has brought me into the trying together hub just as a curious parent to on their parent advisory council. Nicole has been a pillar for this organization for the short time that I seen and also just hearing the other parents rave about her. Not only is Nicole down to earth she’s very intelligent she also uses her resources to help the parents accomplish their goals whether it’s short-term or long-term. She makes sure that the parents’ voices are definitely heard as far as the different activities they would want to incorporate within the trying together organization. I never ever took the time to nominate anyone whenever I received these nominated Facebook post however I just feel it is time and just seeing the evolution nation of our black women makes me slap myself as I should have done this many moons ago. Thank you so much I nominate Nicole banner trying together organization Kelly Street in Homewood
    Ase’🌹

  12. I would like to nominate Dupree Johnson
    Over the past 5 years I’ve been inspired by her many community outreach ideas such as the sip n dip during early pandemic it connected me with women in my community im glad to call my friends now and I see duprene as a genuinely positive influence on anyone and anything around her and she deserves to her flowers 💐

  13. I vote Goddess Duprene Johnson for being such a strong leader, trailblazing entrepreneur and a graceful but also courageous woman who walks in her purpose of leading the young women of this generation and the next into their own.

  14. Duprene Johnson! My very first encounter with Duprene was her showing me the kind of support I had NEVER received. As a woman starting off a new business I was intimidated by all the obstacles I could encounter. Duprene gave me guidance and information and friendship. She stands firm lifting other people on her shoulders and THAT …is PRICELESS …and should be HONORED.

  15. ROCHELLE JACKSON
    SHE IS FOR WOMAN EMPOWERMENT JUST HARVEST PRESIDENT; WORKS HARD FOR THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH
    ALSO THE PRESIDENT FOR CHILDREN THAT WERE KILLED BY VIOLENCE.

  16. I want to nominate Jackie Smith from greater Valley Community services. I nominate Miss Smith because she has been a pillar in the community when it comes to the young adults and even our younger adults as well. She provides us space where they can be safe where you can get good resources and she really goes out of our way to make sure the resources are available for families that are in need or just curious about different resources that can be available in our community. I really respect Jackie Smith for just who she is and the way she conducts her business the way she uses her time to connect with people in the community and just all around a good person. I can go on and on about how she has personally helped me and my family throughout the years. And she has been an influence on my son to the point where he wants to work at the greater Valley Community services during the learning earn program and is looking forward to being a mentor and hopefully working for her as a young adult.

  17. Tamera is a silent pioneer that has helped connect countless people and communities with tangible resources. She has served child welfare in several capacities and now helping communities better engage with systems.

  18. Stacey Barlow Hill should be nominated for this award because she is a pioneer and her field. She created Encore Event Design at a time when Event Decorating was not even acknowledged as a profession. Over the last 13 years she has remained a staple in the community and has helped numerous other Event processional to reach both their personal and professional goals. Stacey continues to pour into her community, selfishly supports others and, always makes sure to reach back to grab those around her as she climbs. She’s gone on to create Live Lead Succeed as an additional way to help coach and empower others to lead. She deserves this award and so much more.

  19. I Nominate Ms Jus Hadiya I nominate ms Hadiya because she is a very hard worker soft spoken very intelligent and very kind. A gifted young lady, a person who never gives up keep striving for doing better no matter what her challenges may be. My email is Rosalynberry8@gmail.com Rosalyn Berry

  20. Hello Ola,

    I would like to nominate Ella Rawlings for the 2023 Onyx Woman leadership Award. Ella Rawlings served as an educator for 29 years. She was the first female Principal for the Wilkinsburg Jr/Sr High School, for nine years. During her tenure, she worked tirelessly to elevate the status of women working in the field of education.

    Ella and a team of educators and volunteers conducted College tours for seven years for students in underserved communities. As a result, many of those students matriculated into Historically Black Colleges.

    Pastor Ella became a widow in 2001 but continued pastoring as she cares for the elderly women living in the K-Leroy High Rise in the city of Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Pastor Ella provides Sunday Bible and Worship Services, hospital visitation, outings for the seniors, and a listening ear when needed. She is also available to do funeral and Memorial services at the families’ request.

    Ella Rawling is not only an example for the community, seniors, and students, But her three adult daughters, two granddaughters, and two grandsons have successfully graduated from college.

    Ella Rawlings is certainly a Woman who deserves the title of 2023 Onyx Woman!

  21. Latrice Phoenix is a woman and mother on a mission. She is better to make a sing organization, Pittsburgh that offers services to mothers and their children. Her organization has made sure that the proceed from donating efforts goes to women and children affected by gun balance, in the city of Pittsburgh. Her countless support throughout the pandemic to provide women with services, an outlet, and online community, and with the plan of 2023, offering counseling and mental health services. Through Melanin Mommy’s PGH women can receive real support from somebody that has gone through many of the struggles that they face every day.

    She also helps people get back on track with their finances by providing credit services for individuals and local and small businesses. She hasn’t short that everyone will have a fair shot at the American dream.

    I am more than happy to nominate her.

  22. I would like to nominate Shawna Solomon, founder and Owner of Shawna Solomon & Associates. Shawna has been in business for nearly 2 decades and I have witnessed her pivot before and during the pandemic to create an organization to help women entrepreneurs build their brand and markers their businesses. In just under a year, she has helped numerous women nearly triple their sales! She also helped me double sales in my business in just under 6 months. Mrs. Solomon is also passionate about helping other women succeed in business and has recently used the Black Label Market as a platform to do so.

    Hello@shawnasolomon.com

  23. I’d like to nominate Dr. Tammi McMillan for her outstanding contribution to the education space in the Pittsburgh area! Dr. McMillan is a published author focusing on positive messages and images of young Black children as they develop and grow to construct their own identities and self-worth. She is currently doing a book tour across the city, reading her book to students during the school day.

    With over twenty years of nonprofit and higher education combined experience, Dr. McMillan has contributed to strategic initiatives, mentored many students and professionals in the industry, and leads the trail of change in early childhood development. With the goal of developing high quality curriculum and facilities, Dr. McMillan has written modules in the field of Critical Race Theory and emphasizes the importance of culturally relevant language within the classroom.

    Dr. McMillan is the award recipient of several awards, one of which she received last year as a Woman of Excellence. As she continues to make her mark in the industry, I find it critical that we celebrate this Shero for her success and her impact within the community for years to come!

  24. I’d like to nominate Dawn Gordon, principal of Pittsburgh King (Pre-K-8th) with over twenty-three years of experience in social work in the education field. Prior to
    her school administration promotion, she was a school social worker and served
    as a field instructor and adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School
    of Social Work where she mentored several students during their field practicum, several of whom went on to become social workers in the Pittsburgh school system.

    While Mrs. Gordon serves as an effective Administrator and mentor within the school’s system, she also serves as a leader in the community for public service. Countless hours have been devoted to fundraising and youth programming addressing physical and mental health issues within the community. As chair of a program serving high school seniors with over 200 participants, she developed a six-week webinar during the pandemic, for which students learned about mental health and co-dependency, financial fitness, breast cancer awareness, HIV prevention, social action and treatment care for COVID-19.

    Other community volunteerism includes working with local food distribution sites, toys for tots giveaways and back to school events. It is my belief that more citizens should model their behaviors after Mrs. Gordon! She is helping to shape the future of our students and positively impacting our community!

  25. I am nominating Charonda Hill for the Onyx Award! Ms. Hill is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming forging collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people.

    Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  26. I am nominating Charonda Hill for the Onyx Award! Ms. Hill is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming forging collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people.

    Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  27. Ms. Charonda Hill

    Ms. Hill is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming forging collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people.

    Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  28. I nominate Charonda Hill. Ms. Hill is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming forging collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people.

    Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  29. Dr. Tammi McMillan Marshall, ED.D, Assistant Professor and the Director of The Power of One Program teacher diversity program at Carlow University. Her role is to provide opportunities to diversify the teacher pipeline by eliminating barriers that prevent people of color from obtaining teacher certification. Dr. McMillan was instrumental in conceptualizing Carlow’s Power of ONE and the Early Childhood Apprenticeship programs; these programs aim to provide seamless degree pathways for teacher certification and principalship for teachers of color. Dr. McMillan created and facilitated culturally responsive professional development modules for students, faculty, and staff. Dr. McMillan formerly served as the Director of Educational Services for Hosanna House Inc. She executed a transformational strategy across all staff and children, igniting change and growth in over 400 students and 50 staff members. Dr. McMillan is a current member of the Woodland Hills School District school board, Carlow University Laboratory school advisory board, and the Cheyney University Pittsburgh Alumni Advisory Board. Dr. McMillan is a recent graduate from The Tepper School of Business Executive leadership Institute (TALI), and she serves as a mentor to seven African American women. Dr. McMillan is the author of Sunni Rae’s world and children’s book which is designed to empower young women. Tammi is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc.

  30. Dr. Tammi McMillan Marshall, ED.D, Assistant Professor and the Director of The Power of One Program teacher diversity program at Carlow University. Her role is to provide opportunities to diversify the teacher pipeline by eliminating barriers that prevent people of color from obtaining teacher certification. Dr. McMillan was instrumental in conceptualizing Carlow’s Power of ONE and the Early Childhood Apprenticeship programs; these programs aim to provide seamless degree pathways for teacher certification and principalship for teachers of color. Dr. McMillan created and facilitated culturally responsive professional development modules for students, faculty, and staff. Dr. McMillan formerly served as the Director of Educational Services for Hosanna House Inc. She executed a transformational strategy across all staff and children, igniting change and growth in over 400 students and 50 staff members. Dr. McMillan is a current member of the Woodland Hills School District school board, Carlow University Laboratory school advisory board, and the Cheyney University Pittsburgh Alumni Advisory Board. Dr. McMillan is a recent graduate from The Tepper School of Business Executive leadership Institute (TALI), and she serves as a mentor to seven African American women. Dr. McMillan is the author of Sunni Rae’s world and children’s book which is designed to empower young women. Tammi is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc.
    She is also my mentor at Carlow University where she has walked with me in my pursuit of an early development and learning degree. I totally support her nomination for this award.

  31. I’d like to nominate Charonda Hill. She is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming forging collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people.

    Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  32. I nominate Charonda Hill
    Ms. Hill is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming forging collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people.

    Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  33. I have known Ms. Charonda Hill for close to two decades having served with her in a liturgical dance ministry at Mount Ararat Baptist Church. She has been an outstanding servant leader both inside and outside of our church community. She is a business owner and role model who mentors others, with a focus of helping other women within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored hundreds of professionals, students and business owners. She has proven herself as a valuable resource to others for growth in the areas of arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming within several school districts to create collaborations for family outreach and student support services including decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions.

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people. She has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Including guiding my child in the process of applying to college! She is a devoted friend to me and many others, an anointed singer, and one of the funniest people I have ever known. Charonda is a loving, committed and energetic woman of God who is dedicated to making everything she is called to do, better, more efficient and more equitable. For these and many other reasons, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  34. Ms. Charonda Hill is an exemplary servant leader, business owner and role model who has mentored others within the mass communications, nonprofit and education fields. With both corporate and nonprofit experience, she has worked closely with and mentored nearly 100 professionals, over 2000 students and several business owners (70% of which are women) in the following areas (all of which she has extensive proven work in): arts education program planning, skill development, goal setting and execution, career planning, market research for business growth, equity inclusion and awareness, interpersonal development, and multi-level intercultural communications.

    Through her previous nonprofit work as a director of operations, she ensured accessibility to resources and space for community members and entrepreneurs (many of which were single moms and women entrepreneurs), across the Pittsburgh area, working closely with several school districts, developing transformative programming integrating arts and STEM. Charonda has been integral in building relationships with families, schools and communities with resources and partnerships that highlight the focus on students/youth and their needs. She has led organizations delivering after school programming within several school districts to create collaborations for family outreach and student support services (decreasing suspensions, increasing arts education, family transportation, tutoring services, enrollment assistance, personal statement writing courses and FAFSA completions, etc.).

    Ms. Hill is the owner of a consultancy firm strategizing with leaders of organizations on diversity, equity, inclusion, access, belonging, professional development and thoughtful leadership to transform organizations and engagement of diverse people. Ms. Hill has served on many boards over the last decade, focusing on college preparatory programming for students of color. She is the president and re-charter member of the African American Alumni Organization of Pittsburgh for Penn State University and holds positions on Penn State Alumni Association’s Alumni Council on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; Nominating; and Membership committees, governing the largest dues paid organization in the world. Ms. Hill has dedicated countless hours to fundraising, advocating and resourcing college education of students from the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. For this, I believe Ms. Hill must be awarded for her positive mark in our community and as a driver of transformation for our region!

  35. I would like to nominate, Dr. Tammi McMillan Marshall, ED.D, Assistant Professor and the Director of The Power of One Program teacher diversity program at Carlow University. Her role is to provide opportunities to diversify the teacher pipeline by eliminating barriers that prevent people of color from obtaining teacher certification. Dr. McMillan was instrumental in conceptualizing Carlow’s Power of ONE and the Early Childhood Apprenticeship programs; these programs aim to provide seamless degree pathways for teacher certification and principalship for teachers of color. Dr. McMillan created and facilitated culturally responsive professional development modules for students, faculty, and staff. Dr. McMillan formerly served as the Director of Educational Services for Hosanna House Inc. She executed a transformational strategy across all staff and children, igniting change and growth in over 400 students and 50 staff members. Dr. McMillan is a current member of the Woodland Hills School District school board, Carlow University Laboratory school advisory board, and the Cheyney University Pittsburgh Alumni Advisory Board. Dr. McMillan is a recent graduate from The Tepper School of Business Executive leadership Institute (TALI), and she serves as a mentor to seven African American women. Dr. McMillan is the author of Sunni Rae’s world a children’s book which is designed to empower young women. She currently on a book tour around the city reading her book to students throughout the city. Tammi is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc. Tammi is also a winner of the Women of Excellence Award.

  36. I would like to nominate Stephanie Simmons, Cyber Security Manager and Portfolio Manager at Accenture. Stephanie is deeply devoted to women in her industry and professional women in the region. Beyond mentoring her staff and co-workers, Stephanie has been a long-time volunteer and donor at Pennsylvania Women Work (PA Women Work). She has volunteered countless hours to connect and mentor women who participate in PA Women Work’s 3 Cups of Coffee program. She believes that a key component in achieving workplace equity is having more women join the workforce and climb the ladder. “I hope we as women always reach one and teach one,” said Stephanie. “Once you become successful your job is to reach back and teach someone else to pull them forward.”

    Recently, Stephanie attended PA Women Work’s annual Circle of Hope and graciously purchased a table to invite PA Women Work clients and mentees to attend. We are humbled by Stephanie’s continued generosity and thankful for her involvement with our organization as a mentor and donor. She is a true inspiration for her commitment to the working women of our region.

  37. Dr. Tammi McMillan-Marshall is my nominee!

    She has been recognized for her leadership in education by Hosanna House and Hope Academy, Carlow University education department, Pgh Courier, PWN along with being a childrens author! Still with these accolades, Dr McMillan-Marshall still takes the time to mentor not only present and last college students but young education leaders like myself who wish to follow in her footsteps!

  38. Tiffiany A. Chamberliss is an outstanding Minister who preaches a very profound Word. She founded and is the CEO of a Sority which performs many community services and is well recognized on a national membership basis. She is an excellent wife, Mother of four outstanding children, and a professional manager for UPMC.

  39. Greetings,

    I would like to nominate Shateesha Murphy. She is the owner of Voluptuous Lady Boutique. Through her boutique which offers and specializes in stylish full size clothing, she inspires beautiful Women to embrace, be confident, and be secure in who they are. Shateesha is one of the first to create and organize a plus size fashion show in the city of Pittsburgh to not only provide an opportunity to the plus size population that is overlooked in fashion, but provide a platform for plus size fashion designers to display their fashions. I highly recommend her for this award.

  40. I’d like to nominate Dr Tammi McMillan Marshall, ED.D. She is a force of light to all around her as she authentically seeks to empower and enrich others to achieve their goals and best selves. She is currently the Assistant Professor and the Director of The Power of One Program teacher diversity program at Carlow University. In this role, she provides opportunities to diversify the teacher pipeline by eliminating barriers that prevent people of color from obtaining teacher certification. Dr McMillan was instrumental in conceptualizing Carlow’s Power of ONE and the Early Childhood Apprenticeship programs; these programs aim to provide seamless degree pathways for teacher certification and principalship for teachers of color. Dr. McMillan created and facilitated culturally responsive professional development modules for students, faculty, and staff. Dr. McMillan formerly served as the Director of Educational Services for Hosanna House Inc. She executed a transformational strategy across all staff and children, igniting change and growth in over 400 students and 50 staff members. Dr McMillan is always in demand yet somehow finds the time to make a meaningful difference. She is currently a member of the Woodland Hills School District school board, Carlow University Laboratory school advisory board, and the Cheyney University Pittsburgh Alumni Advisory Board. Dr McMillan also serves as a mentor to seven African American women and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc. An advocate for ongoing growth and development, Dr. McMillan recently graduated from the executive leadership Institute (TALI). Finally, I’m very proud to share that Dr. McMillan is the author of Sunni Rae’s World, a children’s book which is designed to empower young girls to embrace their superpowers.

    I hope you will not hesitate to select Dr McMillan, she is well deserving.

  41. Tiffany Huff-Strothers, is the founder and CEO of When She Thrives (WST) a non-profit organization she
    started after being shot by her children’s father and as result, ending up in a domestic violence homeless
    shelter. Tiffany realized during her time in the domestic violence shelter that many of the programs and
    resources that are intended to help women in her position oftentimes hurt them and their children.
    Over the last decade, Tiffany has worked tirelessly to build WSTs as its sole employee and through her
    dedication and commitment to the organizations mission, she has built WST into a well-known, and
    well-respected, community engaged organization in the Pittsburgh region. This is demonstrated by the
    many awards she has received from other local organizations who recognize her hard work and
    dedication to the women and families WST serves. Some of the awards Tiffany has received include:
     Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017- Passion Meets the Runway Awards
     Professional Strong Woman of the Year in 2018 – Strong Women Strong Girls
     Mamapreneur of the Year in 2019 – Pittsburgh Brown Mamas
     WIN Woman of the Year in 2021 – Women’s Interactive Network (WIN)
     Transformational Leader Award in 2022 – The Equity Impact Center
    Her dedication to the organizations mission has also been recognized and financially supported by a host
    of philanthropic organizations which has allowed the organization to expand it programming to include
    new programs, including , Women Write Wednesday (WOW), a program that allows moms to come and
    spend time journaling and networking with other moms.
    The rapid growth the organization has experienced over the last two year has been remarkable, and
    because of Tiffany’s unwavering commitment to building the organization, the organization was able to
    secure long-term funding to support the hiring of three staff members, two of which are Scenes from a
    Single Mom program alum. The organization has also secured office space in Emerald City, a co-op
    office space in downtown Pittsburgh.
    In addition to being the CEO of WST, Tiffany is also an author, life coach, and devoted wife, and mother.
    During high school football season, she can always be found cheering for and supporting her sons, one
    who graduated and is away in college, and her youngest son who is set to graduate this year.

  42. I am nominating Costume Designer/ Makeup Artist, Cheryl El Walker because of her commitment and contributions to the theatre arts. Cheryl is especially purposeful in enhancing the beauty of African American women actors. She has been the Resident Costume Designer and Makeup Artist for the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company for 15 years. In addition to this, she also shares her makeup skills for proms, weddings and special events. Cheryl is an asset in uplifting women’s self-esteem and providing ways for them to maintain their natural beauty. I am hopeful that she will be included among the honorees for the 2023 ONYX WOMEN LEADERSHIP AWARDS.

  43. Good morning,

    I would like to nominate Tiffiany Chamberliss. She is currently the CEO and founder of the Christian Sorority, Alpha Iota Alpha. This organization has been blessing people throughout Pittsburgh as well the members themselves. She also a minister and preaches the word to a variety of Presbyterian churches throughout Alleghany County. She is a great mother of four kids and a wonderful wife. She works as an office manager over twenty employees. And as minister of Mount Ararat, she leads the cell group ministry that has small classes on Tuesdays. These classes have group discussion scriptures in the bible. Tiffiany wears different hats and all the hats she wears are blessing people souls daily.

  44. Hello and greetings Ola. In January 2017 I was blessed to be included in the New Pittsburgh Courier Women of Excellence and was nominated by my niece under the category of Entrepreneur/Community Outreach. However; for the 2023 Onyx Woman of Leadership award, I want to nominate myself because no one can tell or share my story better than me (smile). At 71 years of age, I want women to know that age is only a number and does not mean that we should be in a rocking chair, rocking our grand kids to sleep (ha). I continue with my non-profit, Multiplistic Services meeting the unmet needs of others by organizing, developing and hosting weekly/monthly and yearly Ministry events such as: every third Saturday in the month mentoring and empowering women with my series – “Breaking the ties that Bind” – that streams live on Facebook; every fourth Saturday in the month I hold ministry events at the Reformed Presbyterian Home providing wellness sessions; yoga sessions; fun, filled activities held inside/outside weather permitting and invite younger women as pen pals to connect with our “older citizens”. I’m a Board member for FLM Haiti and a part of the fundraising arm for raising funds to support school initiatives and ongoing health needs for the beautiful people of Haiti. I coordinated the Heart for Haiti campaign and the Open Market campaign which raised thousands of dollars for Haiti; I coordinated and developed a campaign to present over 30 turkeys plus a check to the Wounded Warriors Project on the Northside, an annual event that is held around Thanksgiving; I coordinated and developed a campaign to present over 30 gift bags (hygiene items and toiletries) to the Light of Life Missions which is an annual event held twice a year – February and December and a year end of giving campaign of over 30 gift bags to our seniors at the Reformed Presbyterian Home – at this event, the Fox Chapel young people’s string orchestra will join me to help pass out gift baskets and perform. I’m blessed to have sponsors and I sell my books to sponsor these beautiful events. I’m not bragging on myself but bragging on the goodness of God that I wake up every day clothed and in my right mind at my beautiful age to empower; motivate and encourage other women that if I can do all this at my age – they can do. Thank you for your time.

  45. I nominate Dr Tammi McMillan-Marshall. A children’s author, program developer (Hosannah House and Carlow University), college professor, school board member, Tali graduate and mentor, Dr McMillan Marshall has been an inspiration to so many and continues to inspire.

  46. Tiffiany Chamberliss- Founder and CEO of Alpha Iota Christian Sorority Inc.
    This woman right here is a powerhouse – a quiet storm, to be exact. She pushes past her fleshy emotions just to help others out even when she herself is struggling and that is the biggest way she has shined to me. She treats others how she wants to be treated and she is a leader beyond what words can express.

  47. I would like to nominate Dr. Karen Hall. Dr. Hall has had many titles throughout her career. She has coached women’s college basketball. She has been a sports analyst, a motivational speaker, radio and television host and author of the book, Ten Tremendous Leadership Lessons. Dr. Hall is currently the Assistant Executive Direct or Ozanam Basketball, Inc. She created the Leadership Lab in 2019 and taught leadership classes at the Carnegie Library. Dr. Hall has unique way of teaching leadership through the eyes of a basketball coach.

    https://www.drkarenhall.com/

  48. I nominate Ayanna Lee-Davis. She is currently Lead Counsel (Attorney) at FedEx Ground / Business Transactions Group. We have watched her overcome numerous disparities and shatter systematically-placed “glass ceilings” during her career. Despite her busy work-life and dedication to her family, she actively serves as a role model for the youth in our community who dream of becoming attorneys. When they see her they see an image akin to themselves, signifying that their dreams can become reality. She has always been passionate about uplifting others and goes out of her way to support, encourage and provide leadership for young business owners that reach out for guidance or assistance. She is a trailblazer in her industry and in our community. She is oftentimes tasked with carrying a “heavy torch” but is always willing to do so in order to ignite the path for future generations.

  49. I nominate Candace Robinson Foster. She is an event planner and decorator in Pittsburgh Pa. She spends her time making your special day beautiful. She also has a non profit where she gives back and provides beautiful events to children and families who aren’t able to afford one in her community. She partners with other non profit organizations to achieve this for families who deserve and need a day dedicated just to them.

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